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Numbers behind Jose Quintana's brilliant Cubs debut

Numbers behind Jose Quintana's brilliant Cubs debut

Somewhere, Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer are raising champagne glasses, toasting to their new left-handed pitcher. 

The front office looked rather brilliant on Sunday as Jose Quintana performed masterfully in his Cubs debut. His final line: seven innings, three hits, 12 strikeouts and zero walks. Oh, and he didn't allow a run. 

Unlike his tenure on the South Side, Quintana was backed up by his offense. The Cubs bats spotted him four early, sending the Twittersphere into a sarcastic frenzy: 

After just two innings, the Cubs had given him more support than he's averaged in his career: 

The debut was special, but not unheard of. Remember Matt Garza? He put up comparable numbers in his first start with the club: 

In Q's last start, which was with the White Sox, he also dominated hitters. He whiffed 10, putting him in an elite group, per ESPN: 

We'll see if Quintana helps the champagne flow into October.